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Sep. 13, 2019 – Update on Denton’s Renewable Energy Plan
September 13, 2019 @ 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
On Feb. 6, 2018, the City Council adopted the Denton Renewable Resource Plan (DRRP), which set a goal to have 100 percent of Denton’s energy load under renewable energy contracts by 2020. While Denton had already made a commitment to increase the City’s renewable portfolio, the DRRP represented an actionable plan to help Denton in our efforts to reach 100 percent renewable.
The background on the decision to set a goal of 100 percent goes back to the priorities of the Denton community. The City’s Simply Sustainable Plan lays out a goal to invest in renewable energy, and Denton, through DME, has been a renewable energy leader for many years, including implementing a landfill gas to energy project in 2008, purchasing wind energy through purchase power agreements as early as 2009, and offering rebates for residential and commercial solar installations.
For Denton, the recent decision to go 100% renewable was about both environmentalism and economics as renewable energy development has expanded, creating enough affordable and clean energy that Denton can set a very realistic and achievable goal to be 100 percent renewable.
Terrance Naulty is currently the Assistant General Manager at Denton Municipal Electric (DME) in Denton, TX. Mr. Naulty assumed the role in April 2019 where he is responsible for all wholesale power supply aspects of the municipal utility and is leading the efforts to achieve 100% renewable energy supply by the end of 2020. Prior to DME he was General Manager & CEO of Owensboro Municipal Utilities, the largest municipally owned combined electric, water and telecommunications utility in Kentucky. During his time at OMU, Mr. Naulty led the formation of the Kentucky Municipal Electric Agency (KyMEA) a joint action agency for 11 municipals in Kentucky. Before serving in municipal utility leadership Mr. Naulty spent 18 years in leadership positions at utility affiliated trading and marketing companies including, Cinergy, DTE Energy and Reliant energy where he managed origination and structuring functions.
His career stated with Louisville Gas and Electric Company as an environmental engineer and he spent seven years as an environmental engineering consultant with Radian Corporation. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and earned his MBA from the University of Louisville. He is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky and Indiana.
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